On November 5th, the 34th edition of Polish Film Festival in America (PFFA), the world’s most extensive annual presentation of Polish film and the largest Polish cultural event outside of Poland, opened to a full house with a premiere of Lech Majewski’s “Brigitte Bardot Forever.” The Opening Gala in AMC NewCity14 included introduction of many official guests and presentation of the “Golden Ciupaga” award for a contribution to promotion of Polish cinema in North America to Alissa Simon.

This year, the PFFA offers more than 60 films: feature, documentary, animation. Over 20 guests will come to meet the festival audiences. In addition, exhibitions and concerts will be among accompanying events.

Among numerous PFFA attractions one can select Polish submission to the Academy Award EO (Sat., Nov. 12th @ 7 PM.) , presentation of THE GREAT WAY by Michal Waszynski, the first Polish postwar feature film, superbly digitally restored by the National Film Archives (Sun., Nov. 13th @ 3:00 PM.), films like YOUNG EAGLES. GRODNO 39 by Krzysztof Lukaszewicz (Sun., Nov. 13th @ 5:30 PM.), SHREDS by Beata Dzianowicz (Thu., Nov. 17th @ 9:00 PM.), PLAYING HARD by Balbinka Korzeniowska (Sat., Nov. 19th @ 9:00 PM.), and closing the fest CHRISTENING by Jakub Skoczen (Sun. Nov. 20th @ 3:00 PM.). The documentary line-up comprises of such splendid pictures as ANIA (Sat. Nov. 19th @ 9:00 PM.), KRZYSZTOF KRAWCZYK – WHOLE MY LIFE (Sun., Nov.20th @ 5:30 PM.), both by Krystian Kuczkowski and Michal Bandurski, THE BALCONY MOVIE by Pawel Lozinski (Fri., Nov. 18th @ 9:00 PM.), THE SIEGE OF WARSAW by Eugene Starky (Fri., Nov. 18th @ 7:00 PM.), and ZASADA by Michal Bolland (Sat., Nov. 19th @ 5:00 PM.).

The 34. PFFA screenings will be held in conveniently located AMC NewCity 14 (1500 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago), AMC Rosemont 12 (9701 N. Bryn Mawr Ave., Rosemont), AMC Village Crossing 18 (7000 N. Carpenter Ave. by Central Ave., Skokie), and Gallery Theatre (1112 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago), the festival’s primary location for showings of documentary films. The theatres offer free or validated parking.

Selected films will be available by streaming online from November 10th. You can watch it at your convenient time in comfort of your own living room with family or friends. When clicking “The List of Films” you will see all titles selected. Click on a title you are interested in. You will see an option to buy streaming ticket. Pay with your credit card and receive e-mail with a code to open the film. One code is like one ticket; however, in most cases you have 48 hrs. to view the selected film. The movies marked as real time screenings can have shorter viewing span. Majority of the selected films will be available online until November 20th. Please watch for new additions during the ongoing fest. PFFA support team will be on hand online at pffamerica@pffamerica.com or by phone @ 773-486-9612.

Most popular among PFFA audiences Festival Pass valid for seven individually selected films in any theatre provides substantial savings compared to buying single tickets. Its price is $ 88.00 and is available for purchase HERE For more information, call the PFFA at 773-486-9612, visit the official website www.pffamerica.com or send an e-mail to pffamerica@pffamerica.com

The 34th Polish Film Festival in America is organized by The Society for Arts, a non for profit 501 c (3) organization in partnership with Polish National Tourist Office in North America. Major sponsors are Startech Glass and Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of Poland.

All donations to PFFA are tax-exempt

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